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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in August, 2013

encouraging news, seems to only apply to high functioning kids.

Older children with autism did get this benefit, though, Foxe found, suggesting that their ability to integrate senses comes together by the mid-teens – at least in children described as high functioning, which generally means they have fewer language impairments

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2013/08/the-autism-disconnect-can-kids-outgrow-critical-sensory-deficit

But there’s good news here…

But the discovery has allowed researchers to alter the genetics of mice to mimic autism symptoms (the Times notes no animals get autism “naturally”). That enabled them to test a drug that fights tuberous sclerosis-induced tumors on the mice. After observing promising results there, a clinical trial involving a similar drug and children who have autism and the tuberous sclerosis mutation has begun. The researchers hope the drug, called everolimus, will boost the children’s mental abilities; the study is due to be finished by December of next year.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/12/newser-autism-cancer/2642353/